What's next for the Socceroos?

After playing out two draws to close out 2021, the Socceroos will be itching to bounce back once their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualification campaign resumes in early 2022. 

With six games played, the Socceroos have four huge encounters left as they endeavour to secure automatic qualification for their fifth-consecutive FIFA World Cup. 

It all begins on home soil when Vietnam come to town on January 27, before a trip away to Oman a few days later on February 1. 

Then, it all might come down to two massive matchups in late March as Australia face Japan at home, before closing out Round 3 against group leaders Saudi Arabia. 

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The equation

The Socceroos are taking on Japan, Saudi Arabia, China PR, Oman, and Vietnam in the Final Round of AFC Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

The draw saw Australia pooled in Group B of qualification, with Group A containing IR Iran, Korea Republic, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

To qualify for a fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup™, Australia must finish either first or second in Group B, which includes ten matches to be played from September 2021 to March 2022, to qualify directly.

A third-place finish would send the Socceroos to a play-off against the third-place team from Group A, followed by an intercontinental play-off.

With six games played Australia currently sit in third position, one point shy of Japan in second. 

Ladder after 6 games

How to watch

Yet again our matches in 2022 will be broadcast live and free on Australia's 'Home of Football,' Network Ten.  

To stream all of the latest involving Socceroos and the rest of Asian Qualifying, Australian football fans can visit https://10play.com.au/socceroos

For fans based outside of Australia, click here to read about how you can continue to access the action.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar (Final Round)

Matchday 7: Australia v Vietnam

Date: Thursday, 27 January 2021
Venue: TBC
Kick-off: TBC
Tickets: TBC
Broadcast: Live and free via Network 10. 

Matchday 8: Oman v Australia

Date: Tuesday, 1 February 2021
Venue: TBC
Kick-off: TBC
Broadcast: Live and free via Network 10. 

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Our schedule 

The remaining games in our third round are scheduled to be played on the following match days: 27 January 2022, 1 February 2022, 24 March 2022 and 29 March 2022.

Due to the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, match locations and times will be finalised in the immediate lead-up to each window. 

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar (Final Round)

Day/Date

Match

Thursday, 2 September 2021

AUSTRALIA 3-0 China PR

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Vietnam 0-1 AUSTRALIA

Thursday, 7 October 2021

AUSTRALIA 3-1 Oman

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Japan 2-1 AUSTRALIA

Thursday, 11 November 2021

AUSTRALIA 0-0 Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

China PR 1-1 AUSTRALIA

Thursday, 27 January 2022

AUSTRALIA v Vietnam

Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Oman v AUSTRALIA

Thursday, 24 March 2022

AUSTRALIA v Japan

Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Saudi Arabia v AUSTRALIA

 

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